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Saturday, October 20, 2018

INTERTANKO nominates a successor to Peter Swift

INTERTANKO’s Council will be invited at its October meeting in Singapore to appoint Joseph (“Joe”) Angelo, Deputy MD, to succeed Peter Swift as Managing Director on his retirement on 31 December, 2010. In addition, Katharina (“Kathi”) Stanzel has been appointed Deputy MD.


INTERTANKO had an overwhelming level of interest in the position and some highly qualified and capable individuals were shortlisted. “We are grateful and flattered by some of the names who threw their hat into the ring,” says Graham Westgarth, INTERTANKO’s Chairman. “Ultimately however, we felt that Joe and Kathi working together to lead INTERTANKO through its change of MD was an optimal solution.”

Joe Angelo has worked for INTERTANKO for six years, first as Director of Regulatory Affairs and the Americas. Prior to joining INTERTANKO he held various senior roles in the United States Coast Guard, lastly as Director of Standards for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, where he led U.S. delegations at the International Maritime Organization.


As the existing Deputy MD, he ensures continuity and stability to INTERTANKO’s membership upon Peter’s departure. “Joe is a well respected figure not only within INTERTANKO but also in the corridors of the IMO and the international shipping community. Having initially not been available for selection we are delighted this subsequently changed and are pleased that he agreed to take up the challenge,” says Westgarth.


Kathi Stanzel joins INTERTANKO from the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC). A marine biologist by profession, she has worked in senior technical advisory and claims management roles within the marine pollution sector. “In her twelve years with ITOPF and IOPC, Kathi has attended and been responsible for handling many major ship source pollution incidents including the Erika and Prestige,” says Westgarth. “Acting as a signatory on behalf of the 1971 and 1992 Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, she advises governments on oil pollution response measures and potential impacts. She has been extensively involved in the work of the OPRC-HNS Technical Group and the development of IMO guidance documents for the Marine Environment Protection Committee, focusing both on oil and other hazardous and noxious substances.” 


“Peter is a hard act to follow,” says Westgarth.  “He has been a committed and passionate spokesman and a driving force for better standards in the tanker industry for many years. His energy and inspiration will be sorely missed. INTERTANKO’s membership is indebted to him.”